• The Articles of Confederation – Finding Finances – Extra History – #3
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    The Articles of Confederation – Finding Finances – Extra History – #3

    For five years, the Confederation Congress had struggled to fund a national army to fight the American Revolutionary War, but the war kept going and Congress had become dead broke ♫Intro Music ♫ Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress had no real leadership. they elected one of their own members to be President of Congress, but once elected he could only supervise meetings. He couldn’t vote or even suggest new laws. Many saw it as a demotion and a few who did get elected wound up trying to resign only to find out that they were stuck there because nobody wanted to replace them . But now that the Articles…

  • The Indian Removal Act Explained in 5 Minutes: US History Review
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    The Indian Removal Act Explained in 5 Minutes: US History Review

    Hi guys, welcome to US history Thanks for pressing my button on I’m going to press your brain button right now as we take a few minutes to go over a huge piece of legislation It’s called the Indian Removal Act of 1830. and we’re gonna take a look at it right now. So Andrew Jackson you better watch out because we’re coming to get you this time. Alright let’s go “git-r-done” Alright let’s set context first: by 1830, most of the Native American tribes, especially in the Northeast had been annexed, sent away, had been destroyed, had been broken up. But there are hundreds of thousands of Native Americans…

  • How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone
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    How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone

    There’s a job out there with a great deal of power, pay, prestige, and near-perfect job security. And there’s only one way to be hired: get appointed to the US Supreme Court. If you want to become a justice on the Supreme Court, the highest federal court in the United States, three things have to happen. You have to be nominated by the president of the United States, your nomination needs to be approved by the Senate, and finally, the president must formally appoint you to the court. Because the Constitution doesn’t specify any qualifications, in other words, that there’s no age, education, profession, or even native-born citizenship requirement, a…

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    What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence – Kenneth C. Davis

    “All men are created equal and they are endowed with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Not so fast, Mr. Jefferson! These words from the Declaration of Independence, and the facts behind them, are well known. In June of 1776, a little more than a year after the war against England began with the shots fired at Lexington and Concord, the Continental Congress was meeting in Philadelphia to discuss American independence. After long debates, a resolution of independence was approved on July 2, 1776. America was free! And men like John Adams thought we would celebrate that date forever. But it was two days later that…

  • The Articles of Confederation – Constitutional Convention – Extra History – #4
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    The Articles of Confederation – Constitutional Convention – Extra History – #4

    In far away Paris, diplomats put pen to paper and signed the treaty that would end the American Revolutionary War. A copy of this document sailed across the ocean, were it would need delegations from nine states to ratify it under the Articles of Confederation and accept their victory… Only seven states showed up. [Intro Music] One month after the Confederation’s embracing failure to bring the states together long enough to sign their own peace treaty, they reconvened with just enough people to get it done. The war had ended, peace had come. George Washinton had welcomed this with open arms. He had one the love of the nation and…

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    The Articles of Confederation – Ratification – Extra History – #2

    After over a year of debate and revision, The Continental Congress presented the states with their new Articles of Confederation. ♫ Intro Music ♫ The congress had done their best to create the government that the states wanted. One that left them free to govern themselves without any congressional meddling, but also one that let congress continue it’s work conducting that tiny little matter of the American Revolutionary War which was, still going on, by the way. Hoping to keep things moving, Congress set a deadline: the states must ratify the Articles of Confederation, and make them official, within three months. It would take over three years. Long before the…

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    Constitutional Ideology – the philosophy behind it

    Hey, Cypher here. So, I’m sure you guys have heard someone spouting off about what the founding fathers intended or whatever kind of rhetoric you want. Now, guessing anyone’s future intent about 200-some-odd years after that supposed intent is foolish enough, but let’s divest the squabble entirely. Today, I’m going to show you that the founders did not come up the declaration or constitution in an ideological vacuum, and in many ways implemented the ideas of others from a century before them. The glory for the idea ought to go to the philosophers. It’s fairly easy to see the Roman influence on the constitution. Look around DC and you’ll see…

  • Should the U.S. Write a New Constitution?
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    Should the U.S. Write a New Constitution?

    (theme music) – If we were to create America from scratch today how would we create our user manual? And who would write it?. (inspirational electronic music) What is the average turnaround time or shelf life of a constitution internationally? – Internationally it’s only about 17 years and it’s actually going down. In recent decades it’s been only about 12 years. – And ours has lasted for– – Over 200 years, right? – Okay. – Yeah, so. – Okay, so we’re about due? – Seventeen… well – Ha ha ha. – that’s what some people say actually. – [Toussaint] Writing or re-writing a constitution is not a job for the…

  • Constitutional War Power: The Founders’ Framework
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    Constitutional War Power: The Founders’ Framework

    Lord Acton had the wonderful aphorism, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” So when I think of government, I think you’ve got a kind of a double level danger there, ’cause you’re taking people who are themselves flawed, and in any situation will exercise those flaws, and then you’re putting them into a sense, a position in which they have all this power around them. (music) What our founders, you know, if you look at kind of the American Revolution, it was very much a focus on limiting what they saw as dangerous power. And they were focused on the power of the king, because Great Britain…

  • Federalists vs Anti-Federalists in Five Minutes
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    Federalists vs Anti-Federalists in Five Minutes

    hey guys welcome to the class that doesn’t really matter we’ve touched upon in other lectures but I think it deserves special focus because it’s “muy importante.” So giddy up for the learning guys, why don’t we get er done right now, the feds and anti-feds So, the summer of 1787 is going to bring us to these two groups, the Feds and the Anti-Feds During the Constitutional Convention, really during the ratification process. You have to remember that the delegates at the convention during 1787 in Philadelphia that wrote that constitution did it by bypassing the old constitution. They violated the Articles of Confederation where you needed 13 out…